22 Oct, 2017  |  Written by  |  under Drag Racing, Motorsports

The ripple effect of the Houston Hurricane savagery found me stepping to help Rob Geiger at Geiger Media Global whose home and business were flooded out. This meant I went to the races watching not through my usual photog lens and storyteller hunter, but with the perspective of a PR person, guided by Geiger’s very specific agenda that would ensure his clients would not experience any interruption in service. Know this: I have much deeper understanding and consequential respect for how hard the public relations folks labor during a NHRA National event.

While the “mission” was highly entertaining and educational, I was whipped after all 3 days keeping up with how four classes unfolded for five clients: Erica Enders-Stevens, Hector Arana, Jr., Mike Coughlin, Troy Coughlin and Jeg Coughlin, Jr. I should point out that while 2 racer’s pit were blessedly adjacent, the others were spread out over a few acres. With a sellout crowd, I was not going to attempt driving my manual shift credentialed sports car through the throng, and no golf carts were available so hoofing was the order of the day.  Mike Coughlin’s pit was all the way over on the Indy Car oval track which meant a circuitous one-mile “there and back again” trip. You quickly learn how to hitchhike with strangers.

This was also my deep water plunge into using a stinking cell phone for images of rapidly unfolding events as well as a voice recorder to conduct up-to-minute interviews for quick quotes that GMG would process and post from Texas. I was clueless about the recording bits on the Galaxy 8 and abhorred the idea of photos with a phone, but I became very proficient with both in about 24 hours.

Can you say “Old dog, new tricks?” yep. that’s me.

The eye-popping cognition was stumbling onto “burst mode”. The accidental wrong button push revealed the 3 x 6 x 1/4 inch handheld device was capable of capturing upwards of 65  images for any car, bike or digger that burnt out or launched off the line. All in focus. It was disgusting as it was delightful to learn. All I could think of was the tidal wave of obsolescence heading towards my vast investment in  Nikons and Hassleblads. . . .  I can’t wait to see what my new camera drone will teach me, or if it gets me arrested.

Have visual chew on the ones of Chris Karamesines, “The Golden Greek” that I captured like a Panavision Jedi operator using nothing but my index finger. Insert expletive. In 45 frames I have the full visual story of how one precisely and completely burns down a a perfectly good top fuel engines in under 200 feet. Just watching the zoomies imparts the unfolding, unavoidable mechanical doom. I call the series: “Golden Greek Top Fuel Saganaki Aluminum Style”

All the images you see here are fancy pants phone shots, some are digitally manipulated – on the stinking phone of course. Yo! Adobe! Your turn is coming.

Click on any image for a “bigger” view.

Troy Coughlin burnout

Oh, please Troy, win this round. . .

Moment of truth

Jeg the Junior

Fearsome tire-hoppin display

TJ & Fast Jack take Terry with them

JFR Prez R. Hight: Man on a Mission

If  J Force has an AARP card Alexis doesn’t care!

Arana Sr sends Jr. down the track

What’s up with Eddie?

Jr. knows how to smoke ’em.

Greg’s chasin’ Jason

Bad Ass Pro Stock Driver Erica Enders-Stevens

So Ready. So Steady

Burn It Up Girl!

Golden Greek Saganaki Aluminum Style – “LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth succumbs to shooting with a smarty pants phone at Gateway Motorsports Park during NHRA Midwest Nationals.

May 29, 2017 – Speedway, IN – Winners of the All American Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association National Competition were announced just prior to the 100th running of the Indy500. Entries were judged “blind,” no judge was aware of the writer or where the work was published. The works sent for judging were published in the 2016 calendar year.

FIRST | Magazine Feature Writing | New Age: Powering Today’s Youth Market | PRI Magazine AUG 2016

AUG2016_Youth_PRI

FIRST | Magazine Column Writing | Law & Order: Inside Rulemaking | PRI Magazine April 2016

APR2016_Rules_PRI

FIRST | Photography – People | “Oh No, Not Again” | www.powerperformancenews.com
FIRST | Photography – Print Action | “Velocity Victory: Don Vesco Sets World Record” | 
Position Paper for Save the Salt and Utah Alliance

SECOND | Online – Feature Report | “Slower Going at this Year’s Bonneville Speed Week” |  www.hemmings.com

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/?p=712282

SECOND |Photography – Action | “How to Shred a “Chute North of 375MPH” | www.hemmings.com

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/?p=712282

THIRD | Online – Technical Report | “Supersonic Truth Telling” | www.theengineer.co.uk

https://www.theengineer.co.uk/land-speed-record-progress-from-before-computers-to-after-digitisation/

“There are serious in-roads being made to encourage children to consider motorsports as a career, in addition to simple enthusiasm,” said Noeth providing background on the work. “Those who made it to the top recognize the difficulties made all the more tougher without basic guidelines. That is changing, and youngsters are getting practical help. Rule making is a thankless, essential job from which racers would derive more benefit by simply contributing to the process.

At Bonneville, its hard NOT to get a great shot, but its all for naught unless you can share the moment with other eyeballs. This girl is very grateful to Shawn Brereton at Xceleration Media Group and Dan Strohl at Hemmings for the space and recognizing the hard-charging amateur racers. The cover shot of the late Don Vesco has sadly come to represent the last time land speed racers had a safe, long course upon which to race. At the time, it wasn’t the type of history I figured that I would be recording. The exuberance of the moment is steadily morphing into speed eulogy for the beloved international speedway. ”

The American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) is the oldest and largest organization devoted to auto racing coverage. Founded in 1955 in Indianapolis, AARWBA has members throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

To encourage excellence in the coverage of motor sports, AARWBA media members submit their best work for the annual media contest. Categories are for written, broadcast, online and photographic work. Winners present a true testament to the growth of the sport of auto racing.

Louise Ann Noeth, principal at LandSpeed Productions, has resigned as Chief Judge of the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMCA) effective immediately. Noeth, who for 20 years served as a multi divisional and category judge, stepped into the Chief Judge role in 2014 at the behest of founder Elaine Haessner.

“I’ve never been one to sugar coat anything,” explained Noeth, “This competition has uplifted the entire craft through the years and personally, as a volunteer judge the process induced a sense of “give back” purpose, but now that is all done and it is down to irreconcilable creative differences. The IAMC is going in a direction I don’t care to take.”Full page photo

Back in the 1980’s, Elaine and Walter Haessner created the International Society for Vehicle Preservation (ISVP) to encourage recognition of, and appreciation for, the contributions of self-propelled vehicles. Through ISVP, they undertook a media awards program to encourage accuracy in automotive media believing that “What is news today is history tomorrow.”

The International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC), and its awards, the International Automotive Media Awards (IAMAs) program was designed to recognize excellence against a standard, not against one another. Each entry is judged on its own merit.

PRI2015 Opportunities in Land Speed Racing

People of accomplishment rarely sat back and
let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.

On Saturday, December 10, 2016 PRI Magazine Editor Dan Schechner moderated a panel discussion with expert panelists “Landspeed” Louise Ann Noeth, Maxwell Industries owner Steve Watt, World Land Speed Record Holder Tom Burkland and Stuart Gosswein, SEMA Sr. Director, Federal Government Affairs. The panelists spoke on the state of land speed racing, business opportunities, racing team background, what it takes to go 400MPH as well as the hot topic of the ecological conditions.

Listening Time: 01:11:11

May 23, 2015 – Speedway, IN – Winners of the 2014 All American Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association National Competition were announced during a breakfast ceremony held just prior to the 99th running of the Indy500. All magazine and newspaper judging was completed by an independent panel from a major journalism school. Entries were judged “blind,” no judge was aware of the writer or where the work was published. The works sent for judging were published in the 2014 calendar year.

1st  | Newspaper Feature Writing | Women in Drag Racing: Hear Them Roar  | New York Times

Read Original Article: Sunday, November 2, 2014

1st  | Magazine Feature Writing  | A Century of Speed  | Society of Automotive Historians Journal

Read Original Articles:  Part One, Issue 270   Part Two, Issue 271   Part Three, Issue 272

2nd  | Photography – Print Action | “Push-Started to Glory” |  Custom Car Magazine, UK

Colin Bond, at the wheel of the JCB heavy equipment, push-starts Dieselmax Andy Green on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2006. Copyright 2006 Louise Ann Noeth

Colin Bond, at the wheel of the JCB Fast-Trac, push-starts Dieselmax driver Andy Green on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2006 attempting to set a 350MPH record.     Copyright 2006 Louise Ann Noeth  CLICK PIC for bigger view.

 “With the recent demise of the New York Times Auto Section, the recognition for my newspaper win is bittersweet,” explained Noeth, “I am grateful to Norm Mayersohn, Jim Cobb and Robert Peele for giving me the assignment and equally appreciative to ladies and their teams for all the time they spent helping me understand their approach to the sport of drag racing. The SAH Editor Ruben Verdes put in plenty of work helping me edit down an enormous manuscript to fit the Journal’s space limitations and yet still give the readership plenty to enjoy.  As for my photo, Colin Bond wins for driving the coolest push “truck” ever on Bonneville, an ethereally enthralling race place.”

The American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) is the oldest and largest organization devoted to auto racing coverage. Founded in 1955 in Indianapolis, AARWBA has members throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

To encourage excellence in the coverage of motor sports, AARWBA media members submit their best work for the annual media contest. Categories are for written, broadcast, online and photographic work. Winners present a true testament to the growth of the sport of auto racing.

Judges: 

Photography  – Prof. Emeritus Susan Fleck, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College, Indiana;

Magazine & Newspaper Writing  – Prof. Emeritus Jerry Miller, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College, Indiana and AARWBA Contest Chairman

Supporting the group’s credo of “Dedicated to Increasing Media Coverage of Motor Sports” was Firestone and Honda who jointly sponsored the morning repast for the working press in attendance.  

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